Are game show expenses deductible?

Discussion in 'Tax' started by deetee, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. deetee

    deetee Guest

    Question:

    Are travel expenses to game show locations deductible? I've
    visited irs.gov, and all they say is that your winnings are
    deductible. Okay, I get that...in fact, the state of
    California has already taken its cut. But it cost about $400
    just to fly out there from the East Coast. Another
    contestant said that yes, you can deduct the airfare (though
    I don't know where on the tax form), but I can't find any
    supporting data for this. Would you fill out Schedule C?
    What if you already have a small side business that you
    already report on Schedule C? (I sense that game show
    winnings are not considered "gambling" income.)

    Another concern:

    If the winnings check arrived in 2005 (and therefore is
    taxable next April), but the expenses were incurred in 2004,
    what do you do? (If expenses ARE deductible, should I deduct
    them now, for this Friday--and where?--or should I hold onto
    the receipts for next year, when I do my 2005 taxes?)

    Who woulda thought that a very piddling check would require
    this much labor? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
     
    deetee, Apr 12, 2005
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    john76

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    Did this ever get answered? I was on a game show and paid for my flight and accommodations and everything else and would like to know everything I could deduct from my winnings. I won this year of 2017 for tax purposes.
     
    john76, May 16, 2017
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